Nov. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior linebacker and team captain Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year when the league announced its major awards on Tuesday morning. McCabe, Georgetown's all-time leading tackler, led the nation with 159 tackles, 28 more than any other player in Division I FCS.
McCabe earned the Patriot League's preseason Defensive Player of the Year and did not disappoint with a career season, where he shattered his own single-season tackles record and broke the program record with 407 career tackles, placing him fifth in Patriot League history. He also led the Patriot League with 14.5 tackles for loss and was among the league leaders with 5.5 sacks, placing himself as a major candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the Top Defensive Player in the nation.
"We are thrilled for Rob," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "It's well deserved and this tops off an excellent career here at Georgetown. I've had some very good linebackers over the years, but in my 25 years of coaching linebackers, Rob is the smartest and most productive one that I've ever had and I've had."
The three-time PL Defensive Player of the Week helped lead a Hoyas defense that was second in the league in scoring defense (23.7 pts/gm), rushing defense (144.6 yds/gm), and passing defense (215.7) and third in total defense (360.4).
McCabe becomes the second Hoya defensive player to earn Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, following Andrew Schaetzke the 2011 top defensive player.
2012 All-Patriot League Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Gavin McCarney, QB, Colgate
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert McCabe, LB, Georgetown
Rookie of the Year: Jamel Smith, WR/RS, Lafayette
Coach of the Year: Dick Biddle, Colgate